Mount Vernon Academy

Mount Vernon Academy
Mount Vernon Academy
525 Wooster Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio, (Knox County), 43050
 United States
Coordinates 40°24′52″N 82°28′9″W / 40.41444°N 82.46917°W / 40.41444; -82.46917Coordinates: 40°24′52″N 82°28′9″W / 40.41444°N 82.46917°W / 40.41444; -82.46917
Type Private, Coeducational high school
Motto Mens, Spiritus, Corpus. Fiat lux.
(Mind, Spirit, Body. Let there be light.)
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1893
Superintendent Jay Colburn[1]
Principal Robert Stevenson[1]
Chaplain Michael Robertson
Staff 22
Faculty 10
Teaching staff 10
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Red and White [1]         
Fight song "Good Old MVA"
Sports Boy's and Girl's Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Gymnastics
Mascot Eagles
Nickname MVA, The Academy
Rival Spring Valley Academy
Accreditation(s) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Athletic Director Jeff Morris[1]

Mount Vernon Academy is a private, Christian high school in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The school is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



The oldest Adventist boarding academy, Mount Vernon Academy opened its doors in 1893 to 32 students and six staff members with Professor William T. Bland as principal. However, by the end of the first year the enrollment had grown to about 100. The school opened in buildings previously occupied by the Mount Vernon Sanitarium, which had closed in 1891. Ellen G. White, when consulted, had written in 1893:

"Let the building be converted into a seminary to educate our youth in the place of enlarging the college at Battle Creek. I have been shown that there located, school buildings in Ohio which would give character to the work" (Ellen G. White letter K35).

The day after this letter was written, J. N. Loughborough submitted a report to the General Conference in session advising the same action. Upon General Conference recommendations, the stockholders of the sanitarium voted to adopt this recommendation and to form a new corporation for the management of the Academy.

After operating on the secondary level for 12 years, the school was advanced from an academy to a college. During the next 11 years, Mount Vernon College offered four-year courses leading to B.S. and B.A. degrees. Secondary work also continued during this time. Norris W. Lawrence served as the first president of the college. In 1914 the Washington Foreign Mission Seminary at Washington, D.C., was made the training college for the Columbia Union, and the school at Mount Vernon reverted back to an academy.

The Administration Building was built in 1924 and presently houses the chapel, three classrooms, and the administrative offices. On December 24, 1926, the old sanitarium building, which was the main campus building for many years, was destroyed by fire. As partial replacement, Linden Hall, the girls' dormitory, was erected in 1927-1928. In 1940, Hadley Hall, the boys' dormitory, was built. The gymnasium was completed in 1951, and in 1958, the industrial arts building. In 1968, Hiawatha Hall, which included the cafeteria, classrooms, and administrative offices, was built. Campus-wide renovations began in 2001, which include redecorating the Cafeteria, renovating Linden Hall (girls’ dorm) and Hadley Hall (boys’ dorm) including new furniture, the Music Building, a new Campus Center, and repairs to the Cafeteria and the gymnasium. Over $3.6 million has been invested in capital improvements since 2001

Mount Vernon Academy is located near the geographic center of Ohio just 50 minutes from the capital city of Columbus. Mount Vernon, Ohio's "Colonial City," is nestled in gently rolling hills, offering a semi-rural atmosphere. The campus is located on State Route 3 two miles northeast of Mount Vernon, a city of 15,000 residents.


Mount Vernon Academy places a high value on the rigors of academics. Block Class Schedules, integrated use of technology, a highly qualified faculty with 72% holding Master's Degrees, and a Dual Credit Program provide motivated students with great academic opportunities.


Mount Vernon Academy offers several required and elective courses of instruction. In some cases, the number of students desiring to enroll in a specific course will determine whether or not the course will be offered.

Core Requirements

Applied Arts 1 unit

Computers 2 units

English 4 units

Fine Arts 1 unit

Mathematics 4 units

PE/Health 1 1/4 units

Religion 1 unit/year

Science 3 units

Social Science 3 units

Work Study 1/2 unit/year


  • Honors Diploma may require additional units

Honors Classes

Students admitted to the honors diploma program will select a mentor from among a group of trained teachers who will serve a critical role in the development of an individualized program of study. Mentors will help honors diploma candidates set and reach short-term and long-term academic and career goals.

Candidates must have a sophomore standing with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. It is our desire to encourage students to take courses that will best prepare them for college. This rigorous course of study is for the student who enjoys learning and wants to explore a subject through classroom and practical experience.




Foreign Language




Social Studies


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